What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files sent from a website and stored in the user's web browser while the user is browsing a website. These cookies may be saved by the user's browser on their computer. Cookies may be persistent, they may expire after some predefined period of time, or they may expire at a given date in the future. When a user visits the same website again, the browser may send cookies back to that website allowing the website to recognise the user and remember things like their personalised details or preferences.
Trinity takes privacy concerns seriously, so if you do not want any information collected via a site cookie you can use your in-built browser settings to deny or accept individual or all cookies. The procedure varies from browser to browser. More information about cookies and details of how to manage or disable them can be found on www.aboutcookies.org.
We use information gathered from cookies to help improve your experience of tcd.ie. Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features.
For example, they help us to identify, customise and improve the experience for you i.e.
- Keeping you logged in during your visit; without cookies you might have to log in on every page you go to.
- Enabling users to customise portal pages by adding or removing widgets
- When you add something to the Trinity Library online shopping basket, cookies make sure it's still there when you get to the checkout
- Some are session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly. However these are automatically deleted after you close your web browser
Collection and use of technical information
- Trinity College Dublin uses Google Analytics and other technologies to collect anonymous traffic data to the website to help us analyse how users use the site. Cookies are used to collect anonymous data on user behaviour and standard Internet activity. The information stored in the cookie is transmitted to Google and then used to evaluate visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for Trinity College Dublin.
- Trinity will never (nor will we enable Third Parties to) use this analytics tool to track or collect any Personally Identifiable Data of visitors to the Trinity College Dublin site. This data is completely anonymous. Users may also disable cookies from their web browser with no loss of functionality.
- For further information on the privacy of Google Analytics data please visit http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
- Technical details in connection with visits to this website may be logged by the College's internet service provider for accounting and auditing purposes.
- It is the policy of the College not to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party (apart from the University's internet service provider, which records such data on the University's behalf and which is bound by confidetiality provisions in this regards, and Google as outlined above), unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should note that technical details, which the University cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute ‘personal data' for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1988 and Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003.
Other third party cookies
Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to Trinity College Dublin. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.